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0202 – Points of View from Jerusalem


“I signed on behalf of ‘Meretz Jerusalem’ [1] a coalition agreement with the mayor, Moshe Leon.
The meeting was preceded by talks between members of the branch's administration (the vote on the agreement – 11 for, 2 against), which came after a long and serious discussion yesterday, to which members of the branch were invited.
The decision was not easy, because there will be people in the coalition that I disagree with – both in their actions and worldview. At the same time, of course, I would not have gone in if I had not been persuaded that we could be an influence. In my opinion, we have made achievements in this agreement that justify our entrance, and I really believe, in my acquaintance with Moshe Leon, that it is not only possible to have an influence but that the opportunity must be used to balance and preserve the city. Still, if we are in the wrong, we will leave and always remain faithful to our principles. […]
I would like to add: I'm sorry that ‘Hitorerut’ [2] is not in the coalition. For six weeks they negotiated and we waited for them, as the largest faction, to enter and finish the matter. Unfortunately, they did give updates to any other faction, did not share and did not know how to leverage the potential of the entire block – but, instead, acted alone behind closed doors […]”

Laura Wharton
0202 Editor’s note:
[1] Meretz Jerusalem – An offshoot of the national political party, which lies on the left of the Israeli political spectrum, with representation in the Jerusalem municipality.
[2] Hitorerut (lit. Awakening) is a party in Jerusalem municipal politics based off of principles of pluralism and ensuring residents stay in the city. The party largely represents young and secular residents.

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